Bath in Time
05 November 2017
Bath is a wonderfully picturesque city which makes you feel like you’ve stepped backwards in time, but what did it actually look like in the past? Thanks to the online archive Bath in Time you can have a peak back and see!
Here are just a few before and afters of the city which show how it all has – or hasn’t – changed!
Firstly we can have a look at our very own Queen Street now showing the hotel and down towards Trim Street.
Here are a couple of the same view from the 1950s.
Everything is almost completely unchanged apart from the buildings being a little cleaner! You can still make out the sign for the Little Kitchen restaurant where the hotel is today.
What about our apartments?
You can see what Beau Street looks like now, the Beau Trio apartments are the tallest building right in the middle.
And here is the same street in the 1970s looking towards the high street – again not much has changed apart from the cars and the buildings having had a good clean!
How about the big sites?
This is the view of Pulteney Bridge and the weir today.
This is the same view but from 1880 – you can see the bridge and the weir as it was but Parade Gardens doesn’t quite stretch all the way to the bridge yet!
During the late 19th century the Roman Baths underwent archaeological excavations, this photo is from the 1890 excavations and the Abbey can be seen in the background.
And here is the exact same view today of the restored and ever popular attraction! You can see the restored baths with 19th century Roman figure carvings lining the upper walkway and the visitor entrance hall which was built in 1897.
Being a world heritage city much of Bath remains the same but not all, some buildings in the city are just disguised to look old to fit in with the rest!
Opposite the Pump Rooms you will find Arlington House which is definitely not Georgian but built in 1959!
Before this it was the site of the Grand Pump Room Hotel built in 1867, this photo is looking from outside the Abbey.
And even before this! It was the location of the White Hart Inn, mentioned in Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Here is a rare photo of the inn looking up toward Union Street.
Although some places in Bath really don’t change.
This is an engraving of the Royal Crescent dating to 1788.
And this is the Royal Crescent today - so little has changed apart from the horse-drawn carriages, although you will still see a few about now and then!
Join us in Bath to spot our historic sites and to make new memories.